Mainer’s cave-diving ‘Monsters Underground’ show gets bumped up to Discovery Channel, premiere date announced

Former Portland doctor Casey Onik, a scientist on the "Monsters Underground" team, explores a cave during an episode of the show. (Photo courtesy of Destination America)

In the days before “Monsters Underground” was scheduled to premiere¬†on the cable channel Destination America — Aug. 22 — I received word from the channel’s publicist that it was a no-go, and that she’d be able to announce a new premiere time as soon as details became available. While it certainly sounded like the show’s […]

America’s first circus college on why they picked Portland, and how they’re ‘serious about education’

Sarah Huling, an instructor for Circus Atlantic, dangles from silks during a demonstration of aerial acrobatics at the Portland YMCA. Circus Atlantic is a youth program started by the Circus Conservatory of America. (The Forecaster photo by Ben McCanna)

On the latest edition of the Ink & Pine podcast, we talked with Peter Nielsen and Alisan Funk, president and academic program director, respectively, for the Circus Conservatory of America. The conservatory will be America’s first circus college, and is an anchor part of the $100-plus-million redevelopment of Portland’s high visibility Thompson’s Point, potentially one […]

Portland one of ‘the Best Towns Ever’

Part of the Portland skyline. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

We’ve seen Portland lauded by national publications for its beer, coffee, economy, farmers markets, environmental friendliness, healthy living, second career opportunities, and on and on and on. It’s really kind of become a bit of a running gag how frequently Maine’s largest city is pumped up by magazines in search of the best places in […]